by Joseph P. Farrell, Giza Death Star:

You may or may not remember a few months ago a story about Baal Gates wanting to build a nuclear reactor in Wyoming.  Well, his wish has come true, according to this story shared by W.G.:

Bill Gates’ TerraPower aims to build its first advanced nuclear reactor in a coal town in Wyoming

As indicated, the victims place chosen for the location of Gates’ reactor is a small coal-mining town called Kemmerer. And the type of reactor being planned is a sodium cooled reactor:


It will cost about $4 billion to build the plant, with half of that money coming from TerraPower and the other half from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program.

“It’s a very serious government grant. This was necessary, I should mention, because the U.S. government and the U.S. nuclear industry was falling behind,” said Levesque.

“China and Russia are continuing to build new plants with advanced technologies like ours, and they seek to export those plants to many other countries around the world,” Levesque said. “So the U.S. government was concerned that the U.S. hasn’t been moving forward in this way.”

Once built, the plant should provide power for 60 years, Levesque said.

How TerraPower’s reactors are different

The Kemmerer plant will be the first to use an advanced nuclear design called Natrium, developed by TerraPower with GE-Hitachi.

Natrium plants use liquid sodium as a cooling agent instead of water. Sodium has a higher boiling point and can absorb more heat than water, which means high pressure does not build up inside the reactor, reducing the risk of an explosion.

Also, Natrium plants do not require an outside energy source to operate their cooling systems, which can be a vulnerability in the case of an emergency shutdown. This contributed to the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, when a tsunami shut down the diesel generators running its backup cooling system, contributing to a meltdown and release of radioactive material.

I’m all for  Kemmerer receiving a boost to its economy.

But while I’m certainly not opposed to technology, I’ve always had grave misgivings about nuclear power plants of the fission variety (think Chernobyl and Fukushima here), and I even have some doubts about the safety of fusion plants, which have yet to be made practical.

But my misgiving here has nothing to do with the technology.

It’s the thought of Baal Gates being anywhere near a nuclear power plant, much less involved in building one, that gives me pause.  It’s rather like inviting Monsanto to cater a birthday party. I have bad visions of a combination of The China Syndrome with nervous Jack Lemmons and Jane Fondas trying to cope with a nuclear emergency, but the crews of this particular installation have been required to take a mysterious potion injection whose ingredients and effects are unknown (a matter of company “policy”) and are walking around with poor vision and hearing while experiencing mini-strokes and myocarditis, and before they can react sufficiently, the screens on their computers make the unwelcome announcement “Please do not shut down your reactor while we install a few updates to your system.”

“But we’ve got to shut down. The cooling containment has failed. We’re going critical”

“This will only take a few minutes. Please standby.”

“Get the press and people outta here!  It’s going hot!’

“Please stand by while we restart your reactor.”

“This is taking forever! Let’s get out of here!”

“Update 33% loaded… please do not turn off your reactor.”

… You get the idea. This is after all the same billionaire busybody that brought the world the world’s worst operating system, and then decided he was a health care expert and wants to jab everyone with his experimental potions and keep doing so as a biomedical example of his constantly updated boostersoperating systems.  And now he’s turned his attention to nuclear power.

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